Sunday, May 24, 2009

Roh Moo-hyun, 1946-2009

*serious post alert*
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/30894701/
Wow. My parents told me yesterday morning, and I thought they were kidding. Living in the US, I don't really hear (or to be honest, care) that much about Korean politics. I do remember that when he was elected, he was really popular, but then people started blaming him for everything. (Hm. Sounds suspiciously like what Koreans think of the new president, Lee Myung-bak.) The largest issue highlighted by the article is that he was accused of receiving bribes from businesses. $6 million, was it? Of course, accepting bribes is inexcusable, but he also defended student dissidents during South Korea's military rule. Should all his good deeds be nullified because of that bribery scandal? One person interviewed by the article even criticized him for committing suicide...

Although this man obviously made mistakes during his life, he also did good...like anyone else. No matter what we may think of him, he deserves some respect. May he rest in peace.

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